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20 Arrests made for Drunk/Drugged Driving in Fremont County; Task Force issues hundreds of citations

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Published: Sep. 10, 2021 at 5:22 PM CDT
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RIVERTON, Wyo. (PRESS RELEASE) - As part of a county-wide, multi-agency impaired driving enforcement operation over the Labor Day weekend, the Fremont County DUI Task Force made 858 traffic stops, arrested 20 impaired drivers, and made 14 controlled substance arrests.

While the focus was on impaired driving, the Task Force also issued 62 citations for no seatbelt, 22 citations for the lack of child safety restraints, 151 citations for speeding, 130 citations for other offenses, and made 37 other arrests. The Task Force also issued 475 warnings during the 4-day operation.

Through the end of August 2021, there have been 7 fatal crashes (8 fatalities) in Fremont County, and 5 of the 7 fatal crashes have involved alcohol use. Additionally, 3 of the 7 fatal crashes involved a lack of seatbelt use. Through August, there have been 41 alcohol-related crashes in Fremont County during 2021.

The Fremont County DUI Task Force is the Wyoming Highway Patrol, Fremont County Sheriff’s Office and the Lander, Riverton, Shoshoni, and Wind River police departments.

The purpose of the Fremont County DUI Task Force is to reduce fatal crashes through the enforcement of impaired driving and seatbelt laws. These enforcement efforts were supported by a media campaign that stressed law enforcement’s zero-tolerance stance on impaired driving and commitment to seatbelt enforcement.

The Fremont County DUI Task Force recommends safe alternatives to drinking and driving:

· Remember that it is never OK to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation, taxi or a ride sharing service to get home safely.

· If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact Fremont County law enforcement or dial 911.

· Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and plan to get your friend home safely.

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